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The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our Pewter Report Twitter account. You can submit your question each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Below are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag.

Question: I know you’re suppose to be impartial, but what does this win mean to you personally? What does it mean to your family?

Answer: Last night I has an opportunity to sit in the stands and for the first time since the Giants playoffs loss in 2007, I got to be fan. It was odd, honestly. I was socially distanced and technically in a media section so it wasn’t like that afternoon in 2007 with my son, or all the countless games I sat through at the old Tampa Stadium with my Dad or friends where we high-fived and hugged and chugged overpriced beers. So knowing how to act took me a while truthfully.

I got there fairly early and soaked in all of the pre-game experience, from the player warmups, to the singing of God Bless America. And when the flyover took place following the conclusion of the national anthem, lets just say it was hard to not have chill bumps seeing something like that in person after either being in a press box or at home on the couch for hundreds of games. It was just as impressive in person as you might imagine.

The game itself needs no real explanation, but I can’t say I was ever completely comfortable as I remembered what the Chiefs did in the fourth quarter last year against the 49ers. But once it got inside of eight minutes I started believing this was really happening. From a selfish standpoint I was thinking about how the win will help PewterReport.com from the business end of things. COVID-19 really did a number on us financially and while things have gotten better with advertisers, a win would be a real shot in the arm where a loss might have let some of the air out of the balloon. So those emotions were part of it as well.

But when the final gun sounded, and the confetti popped, I just soaked it all in and all of those miserable afternoons in the 1980’s, many in the 90’s and plenty over the last 12 years faded away. I don’t know if a smile left my face until I got to my car a couple hours later. I thought back to my first game I went to in 1981 against the Broncos with my Dad for my 11th birthday. I remembered how I felt when Bo Jackson scorned the Buccaneers in 1986. I remembered the 4-2 start to 2011 and then 10 straight losses. All of those miserable times following those teams were worth it on Sunday night as I watched the Buccaneers not only win a Super Bowl, but do so in their home stadium with thousands of their own fans witnessing something that had never done before.

And whenI finally when to sleep somewhere around 3:45 a.m. I almost got up and went to the closet to dig out my orange footie pajamas and terrycloth Bucco Bruce robe I got from Sears Town in Lakeland in 1979. Is it possible to sleep smiling? I’m not sure, but if it is, then that was me last night when my head hit the pillow.

Question: With this win, do you think that should put an end to the never ending search for a “franchise” QB? It seems the best strategy (at least for the Bucs) is to just find the best guy available and draft skill positions.

Answer: This is one of the best questions I’ve had in the mailbag since I started doing this several years ago. The good news is, as of now, it isn’t anything the Buccaneers need to worry about in the immediate time being as Tom Brady told us last week he feels he has a few more years left in the tank. Of course one wrong twist of a knee or a blindside hit could change all that in the matter of one play, but for now the focus will be on trying to fit everyone back in under the salary cap and make a run for two in a row next fall.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

I do think it will give general manager Jason Licht and the Glazers something to think about moving forward, even if it is two or three years down the road however. At the same time, this path isn’t normally one that has been successful. The Broncos were able to do it with Peyton Manning and now of course the Buccaneers, but for every Manning and Tom Brady story there are five Philip Rivers or Brett Favre stories that didn’t culminate with a Super Bowl title.

Long-term stability and playoff success normally comes from drafting your quarterback and developing him and the team round him as opposed to try and find one floating around in free agency on the tail end of their career. With that said, Aaron Rodgers might look pretty good in pewter and red in 2024.

Question: Was Todd Bowles hiding things during the regular season expecting to see teams again in the post season? Will Jon Ledyard admit the coaches know what they are doing aren’t behind the times? Lol

Answer: Wow taking shots as Jon! I know you are joking but to his defense the things he was critical about I suspect most fans were also frustrated with. And the things that he criticized – soft zone, lack of play-action and so on – were things the Buccaneers did in fact change down the stretch and were clearly successful with following the bye week. So it wasn’t like Ledyard was ranting that the team needed to switch to a 4-6 defense like the 1985 Bears or incorporate a June Jones’ run-and-shoot offense.

Bucs DC Todd Bowles

Bucs DC Todd Bowles – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

As far as Bowles hiding things, that wasn’t the case. It was more him figuring out what his players could do and process best and fitting all the pieces into place.

When we get married or enter a new relationship we tend to assume things will all be movie-style easy going. But it takes a while to learn what your partner likes, and how to co-exist. I don’t think coaching football is a whole lot different. I could probably have come up with a better analogy, but I think you get the point. You can’t just snap your fingers and everyone be on the same page and it may be even more difficult on the defensive side than offensively too. But hats off to both Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich for pulling all the right strings that culminated with their second Lombardi Trophy.

Question: Better Super Bowl performance by a defense? Last night or vs. the Raiders in 2002? 

Answer: Now that is a tough one, but I think I am leaning to this year. The Bucs had a bit of an advantage going into that Raiders game as of course we all know Jon Gruden had been the Raiders coach the previous season and the Raiders were essentially still running Gruden’s offense. In fact, Gruden himself ran some scout squad quarterback in the week leading up the Super Bowl. The Buccaneers defense had a pretty good idea of what was coming from Oakland. And as good as the Raiders were I don’t think they were in the same class as the Chiefs in terms of overall offensive talent.

Bucs ILB Devin White

Bucs ILB Devin White – Photo by: USA Today

Another reason why I think this defensive performance was better was the fact that the Chiefs rolled up over 500 yards agains this same defense just over two months ago. I don’t know if anyone thought the Buccaneers would shut Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill out of the end zone completely as they did on Sunday night. If they did, they’d have woken up very rich on Monday morning.

So based on expectations heading into this game versus the 2002 Super Bowl, I’ll go with this 2020 Bucs defense and performance. Not only was it the best in Bucs history, it was one of the best in recent Super Bowl history when you account for the weapons and talent Kansas City had this year.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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76Buc
7 months ago

Don’t need to draft a superman qb. Draft one in the first 3 rounds that is emotionally stable, very intelligent, a fierce competitor, can move in the pocket,tough mentally and physically,and highly accurate. He doesn’t need to be 6’6 245, with 4.5 speed, and throw the ball 80 yards.

drdneast
Reply to  76Buc
7 months ago

Sounds like what the Patriots did in the sixth round years ago.

SenileSenior
7 months ago

I for one no longer want to snag Aaron Rodgers after Tom Brady departs. He has shown me that he lacks one of the intangibles I want in a leader for our team. He is not a class act.
I do realize that winning QBs are not easy to come by no matter how you acquire them.

scubog
Reply to  SenileSenior
7 months ago

Totally agree. When he pouted because the Packers drafted a QB, that said it all about Aaron Rodgers.

JSW
JSW
7 months ago

Logging in to eat my crow… After the Washington game I said that I didn’t think our DB’s were playing well enough to win a Super Bowl. I challenged them to prove me wrong, while rooting for them. Well, I was wrong. Great job Winfield, Whitehead, Edwards, Adams, Davis, Dean, Cockrell, and especially Sean Murphy-Bunting. Outstanding play!!! I thoroughly enjoyed watching you guys DOMINATE the rest of the post season. Congratulations! You ARE the Champions! Go Bucs!

Jay
Jay
7 months ago

That was a great piece. Loved everything you said. I loved the personal emotion that your writing has. Thank you for all of your hard work all year long. It was a great game. I would like to add that as much as I feel bad that our DC and OC didn’t get a head coaching job with another team. I’m happy really happy that they will be back next year for# 2. Because the Bucs are coming back to the Superbowl next year for another Superbowl victory.
Goooo BUCS.

drdneast
Reply to  Jay
7 months ago

Bowles had ahead coaching position and didn’t do very well but many would argue he had a failed GM doing his drafting and I won’t argue that point.
Lefto has been an offensive coordinator and coach for all of three years and with the GOAT as your QB all you really have to do is get out of his way.
I can see why both coaches were overlooked as head coaches.

Jay
Jay
7 months ago

I believe that the GM and the team the people in control that is need to do everything they can to keep this team TOGETHER DON’T LET ANYONE GO. This is a great team. They just need to add a few players in the draft that they can develop. With a full of season and preseason next year is going to be even better. Brady and OJ HOWARD had a good thing going so the TE position is covered. Please keep the team together.

drdneast
7 months ago

Jon Ledyard owes no one an apology since he was right in his criticisms of the Bucs when hey were made. I for one am tired of the Bucs using valuable No. 1 picks on QBs and waiting three or four years for them to develop. The Bucs have won two SB’s with veteran QB’s, one who was a journeyman all because the team had talent all over the field to go to the SB except for the QB position. Brady came to this team because he saw the same thing. Other veteran QB’s who have a hunger for a… Read more »

Spitfire
7 months ago

I never liked the Veteran QB route because it rarely works out. Johnson was just good and reliable enough to let that Defense win it for them and there is only one Tom Brady. I still think if Brady is gonna stay another 2-3 years we can Draft a QB in the 2nd of 3rd round that has the measurable sand stats but maybe from a lower ranked team that has the intelligence and poise to come in and learn from the best and be ready to take over after a couple years. That is obviously easier said than done.… Read more »

Spitfire
7 months ago

I bought this shirt about 13 years ago and I think it’s more true now than ever!

Dave
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

Lmao. Touché spitfire!

revfish
7 months ago

One of the more powerful mail bags I’ve read in a long time. I appreciate the personal reflection, and some excellent questions today. Thank you for a job well done

revfish
7 months ago

One of my favorite nail bags ever. I appreciate the personal reflection, it’s an excellent questions. Thank you for a job well done here

cobraboy
7 months ago

The game aside, my favorite was during the Lombardi ceremony when a maskless Tom Brady told a mumble-through-the-Suppression-Muzzle Jim Nance to get closer, Brady couldn’t understand the mask mumbles.

Horse
7 months ago

Mark my question is ….did you really try to fit into those pajamas and bathrobe or was it a dream?
Ha ha.

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